THE BEST OF BOTH DEPARTMENTS
The Vercors straddles two departments on an approximate north-south axis, with the upper half in Isère, the lower half in Drôme, and groups together seven territories. There are no main towns in the region, rather a network of villages which, between them, provide the necessary services for the 52,000 inhabitants.
A principal access route to the Vercors from the west is via the village of Ponten-Royans, where the road bifurcates to take you to the Quatre Montagnes area via the wonderful, if slightly scary, Gorges de la Bourne, or down towards the territory of Royans-Drôme where the roads open out to reveal wide pretty prairies against a dramatic mountain backdrop. A key access point through the ages, Pont-en-Royans has a fascinating history and is home to some remarkable houses built suspended out over the river on the rock face, which was a way of providing increased accommodation in the village in the busy 19th century.
Grotte de Choranche